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Fourth person charged in Wake County slaying

Posted July 21, 2011
Updated July 27, 2011

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office arrested a fourth person Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting outside a vacant house in northern Wake County Sunday. 

Miguel Antonio Meza-Rodriguez, 20, 2715 Highland Ave. in Durham, is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. 

Three Durham family members – a son, stepfather and uncle – are also charged in the shooting. 

Pedro Tur Fernandez, 18, of 109 Kilt Way Way Drive, is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in the shooting death of Santiago Hernandez-Arredondo, 44, of Durham.

Fernandez's stepfather, Tirso Mondragon-Cuevas, 43, of the same address, and uncle, Rene Mendoza Lopez, 30, of 1520 James St., are also charged with conspiracy to commit assault, plus accessory after the fact to murder.

Authorities say Fernandez shot Hernandez-Arredondo near 4501 Durham Road and N.C. Highway 98 around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Hernandez-Arredondo was rushed to WakeMed where he was pronounced dead.

Meza-Rodriguez and Fernandez were being held in the Wake County jail without bond. Mondragon-Cuevas and Rene Mendoza Lopez were being held on $1.5 million secured bonds. No other information was released.


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  • Rebelyell55 Jul 22, 2011

    "I saw nothing in the article about their residency status."
    I didn't either the reason I was asking. Most of time they would state if they were here legal so as to not put a bad name on the illegals. Or so that the way seems lately.

  • They call me CATMAN Jul 22, 2011

    freedomrings I would almost bet you they are all in this country Illegally. But either way they are all off the street. And if they are here Illegally after they do thier time they need to be sent back home.

  • freedomrings Jul 22, 2011

    RebelYell55 : How do you know they weren't born here? I saw nothing in the article about their residency status.

  • Just the facts mam Jul 22, 2011

    So how much is this going to eventually cost us taxpayers? To feed them for the rest of their lives - free housing, free medical care? Probably millions of dollars once all the bills are eventually added up.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 22, 2011

    I thought I read robbery. Maybe I'm mistaken. I would like to know their status for being here. Legal, work permit, being sponsored by someone? Where they come from? You know all the hard questions.

  • fatkatts2 Jul 22, 2011

    good grief! how many does it take to kill one person? Do we have any kind of motive? craziness.

  • mcorson2 Jul 22, 2011

    Still waiting to find out WHY they shot him????

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 22, 2011

    Yep all they wanted to do was come here and work. Doing work no American wanted to do. Making a better life for their family.